Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What insurance plans does your office accept?
A: We are providers for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and Delta Dental Premiere. We are considered out-of-network for all others, but are happy to file for you as a courtesy. We have many patients who have other insurance plans and choose to come to our office because of the exceptional quality of care we provide. However, we are not accepting patients with TennCare. We ask that you realize that we do not work for an insurance company. Rather we work 100% for our patients. We feel that insurance can be a great benefit for many patients and want you to know we will do everything in our power to ensure you get every benefit allotted in your insurance contract. However, the treatment we recommend and the fees we charge will always be based on your individual needs, not your insurance coverage.
Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use?
Q: Is one toothpaste better than others?
Q: How often should I floss?
Q: How can I make my smile look its absolute best?
A: If your teeth already look balanced and symmetrical, but are too yellow, brown, gray, or stained, then the best solution is tooth whitening. In two to four weeks, teeth whitening can completely change your look. On the other hand, if your front teeth are a little too short, spaced unevenly, chipped, cracked, stained, filled with all kinds of fillings, or your teeth genetic make-up was just not as good as the rest of your genetic make-up, then using dental veneers will definately give you the best end result. If there are just isolated problems, but the rest of your teeth look great, then direct resin composite can easily correct this. Sometimes, we will bleach all the teeth, and then use dental veneers or composite resin to improve localized areas, and match the new, whiter shade. There are an unlimited number of combinations of services to help attain a spectacular look, and dental veneers and tooth whitening can give our patients' smile a complete makeover.
Q: Why can't I just wait until my teeth break or hurt, and then I have them fixed?
A: Yes, you could. And many people do this. But, once teeth begin to fail, or have fractured, many times the subsequent dental work is more extensive and expensive than if these same teeth were restored and reinforced earlier. In restoring these teeth earlier, we can avoid future root canal therapy, extraction, surgery, and bridges. The savings in money, time, and aggravation can be enormous.
Q: What's the difference between a "crown" and a "cap"?
Q: What's the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture"?
Q: What about "silver" fillings versus "white" fillings?
Q: Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?